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Each week we will discuss all the exciting news about what is happening in the beautiful Space Coast!

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Episode 104 - Upgrade Your Next Vacation with an Amazing Townhome rental at Cape Crossing and Dine at Dolphins Waterfront Bar and Grill

 

 

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off! Join us as we sit down with Ruby Daniel, General Manager of Cape Crossing Resort and Marina in Merritt Island.

 

Cape Crossing Resort and Marina offers stunning townhome and condo vacation rentals in a convenient locale to Central Florida beaches, theme parks, boating, and much more. From kayaks to rocket launches, Cape Crossing has something for everyone to enjoy. Cape Crossing is also home to Dolphins Waterfront Bar and Grill, the largest tiki bar and restaurant on Florida’s Space Coast.

 

We will be onsite at the resort discussing Dolphins Waterfront Bar and Grill, their menus, drinks specials, and how the staff creates wonderful memories for new generations of locals and visitors alike

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Episode 103 A Space Coast "Must See" at Sandbar Sports Grill in Cocoa Beach 

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off. Join us as we sit down with Nick Stricklin, General Manager of Sandbar Sports Grill in Cocoa Beach.

Sandbar Sports Grill in Cocoa Beach is the best place on the beach to enjoy delicious food, rock out to great local bands, and has developed a reputation as a “must visit” for tourists and locals alike. We will be onsite at the restaurant discussing the relaxed atmosphere, their amazing Hurricanes, and the wide selection of food that is crafted to be less ordinary


Episode 102 - Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex at Kennedy Space Center With Howard Schwartz

Prepare to launch when we sit down with Howard Schwartz, Senior Director of Marketing, Sales, and Education at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Kennedy Space Center is where humankind first left Earth to explore the heavens. The mission for exploration is still alive, and the future of space exploration launches here. More interactive than a museum, more inspirational than a science center, and more authentic and educational than a theme park, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers a mix of thrilling simulators, breathtaking attractions, behind-the-scenes tours, interactive exhibits, larger-than-life 3D space films, rocket launch viewing opportunities and more.

We will be discussing Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex which will open to the public on June 15, 2022, where guests can discover the current and upcoming cutting-edge innovations of space exploration from NASA and their commercial partners. The state-of-the-art attraction puts guests at the center of the spaceport of the future and launches them aboard one of four unforgettable journeys to distant worlds on an immersive ride. Today's episode was recorded at the beautiful Cocoa Beach Chamber!


Episode 101 Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off. Join us as we speak with Dr. Anastacia Hawkins-Smith, Chief Executive Officer & Artistic Director of the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse and Sally Kalarovich, Artistic Director for Stars of Tomorrow

Established as the Aladdin Theater, the doors opened to the public on August 18, 1924, showing silent movies. Later, Brevard’s first “talkie” movie house became known as “the showplace of the Indian River Section.” Several owners and several decades later, the auditorium was acquired by the City of Cocoa, changing the name to The Cocoa Village Playhouse. The Brevard County Community College District Board of Trustees purchased the playhouse in 1984 for $1 from the city. In 1991, the auditorium was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in Tallahassee. In the Spring of 2011, Brevard Community College returned ownership of the Cocoa Village Playhouse to the City of Cocoa, who started a million-dollar renovation on the building in 2012. Today, the City of Cocoa still owns the playhouse, and it is considered one of the most beautiful theatres in Florida.

We will be on stage at the Cocoa Village Playhouse, discussing the rich history of the auditorium, the Stars of Tomorrow youth program, and the various shows, past and present, put on at the playhouse.


Episode 100 - Mike Hoffmann Jr, Assistant Director of Jetty Park in Port Canaveral.

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off. Join us as we speak with Mike Hoffmann Jr, Assistant Director of Jetty Park in Port Canaveral.

Jetty Park is its own secluded, tropical paradise that the locals love, and people from all over the world come to see for themselves. Located only seconds away from the beach, Jetty Park is one of the most popular destinations in Brevard County.

We will be onsite at Jetty Park discussing the different amenities and activities guests can experience throughout the thirty-plus acres that makes Jetty Park your exploration destination


Episode 99 - Bob Boswell, Volunteer Director of the Space Coast Air Show, and Bryan Lilley, Chairman of the National Air, Sea & Space Foundation.

Take flight with us on Friday, May 13, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we speak with Bob Boswell, Volunteer Director of the Space Coast Air Show, and Bryan Lilley, Chairman of the National Air, Sea & Space Foundation.

The Space Coast Air Show soars into the Space Coast Regional Airport on May 21-22, 2022, as the AirDotShow Live Tour returns to Florida’s Space Coast, the second destination on the 2022 Tour. 

We will be onsite at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum discussing the different demos, performers, aerobatics, and more for spectators to experience at the Space Coast Air Show!


Episode 98 - Madeline Stanley and Kate Stephens, Managers of the Antiques and Uniques Vintage Market in Melbourne.

Join us on Friday, May 6, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we speak with Madeline Stanley and Kate Stephens, Managers of the Antiques and Uniques Vintage Market. in Melbourne.

The Antiques and Uniques Vintage Market has 32,000 square feet of space that feature vendors with beautiful and interesting merchandise for its customers, including antiques, vintage finds, hand-crafted goods, collectibles, & curiosities.

We will be onsite at the Antiques and Uniques Vintage Market discussing the various items for sale like antiques, collectibles, and artwork.


Episode 97Thunder on Cocoa Beach Event Directors Kerry Bartlett and Mike Schwarz.

Join us on Friday, April 29, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we speak with Thunder on Cocoa Beach Event Directors Kerry Bartlett and Mike Schwarz.

Twelve years ago, four local guys decided to start Thunder on Cocoa Beach. Over the twelve years, the Directors and longtime friends - Kerry, Mike, Rich, and Kevin - have created a family, fun-filled, four-day event that has grown in scope of race events, participants, ecologic attention, and effects on the local community.

We will be at Fishlips in beautiful Port Canaveral, discussing the adrenaline these powerboats bring to Cocoa Beach, the competitive edge needed for speed boat racing, and this year's schedule of events featuring more world-class race teams than ever before!


Episode 96 - Tourism Talk with Peter Cranis, Executive Director, and Charity Stewart, Marketing Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism. 

Join us on Friday, April 22, 2022, at 10 a.m. for a Tourism Talk!

Florida’s Space Coast is home to Orlando’s closest beaches, 35 miles to the east, stretching 72 miles along the coastline, and is the East Coast surfing capital. Visitors can discover the beauty of nature in more than 250 square miles of wildlife refuge, Brevard Zoo, and the Indian River Lagoon. Launches are visible across the county from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the only location in America where astronauts launch into space.

We will be speaking with our guests, Peter Cranis and Charity Stewart with the Space Coast Office of Tourism, who will be giving us updates on new attractions, new hotels, and special events along Florida’s Space Coast.


Episode 95 - Johana Gant, Event Organizer of the 37th Melbourne Arts Festival.

Join us on Friday, April 15, 2022, at 10 a.m., when we speak with Johana Gant, Event Organizer of the 37th Melbourne Arts Festival.

The Melbourne Art Festival, scheduled this year for April 23-24, 2022, is a nationally recognized juried fine art show held annually at Wickham Park.

We will be discussing the various festivities that attendees of the Arts Festival will experience, including free art projects for children and live entertainment throughout the weekend!


Episode 94 - Onsite at Brevard Bed and Biscuit, a subsidiary of the Brevard Humane Society.

Join us on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 10 a.m., at Brevard Bed and Biscuit, a subsidiary of the Brevard Humane Society.

Brevard Bed and Biscuit is the Space Coast's Premier Pet Hotel and Playcare Center that offers state-of-the-art suites full of comfort, safety, and luxury for your fur baby, and it is open 24/7!

We will be on location at the Bed and Biscuit with Theresa Clifton, Executive Director of the Brevard Humane Society, discussing the various amenities your pet can experience during their luxurious staycation.


Episode 93 - Onsite at the Lawndale Museum (The Hiram Smith Williams Home) in Rockledge.

Join us on Friday, April 1, 2022, at 10 a.m., at the Lawndale Museum (The Hiram Smith Williams Home) in Rockledge.

Lawndale is a historic home in Rockledge, Florida, built by Hiram Smith Williams, a carriage builder by trade. Williams came to Florida from Alabama to find new prospects during the economic turmoil of the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. He began working to promote and lead the community, became the first postmaster for Rockledge, served as County Treasurer, served as a State Senator in the mid-1880s, and established the Brevard Telephone Company later in life.

We will be on location at the museum speaking with the docents (guides), exploring the history of the historic home and the Williams family who created it.


Episode 92 - Mark Grainger of Cocoa Beach Dolphin Tours, operated by Island Boat Lines.

Join us on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 10 a.m., when we speak with Mark Grainger of Cocoa Beach Dolphin Tours, operated by Island Boat Lines.

Cocoa Beach Dolphin Tours offers numerous tours from various locations, offering fun for the whole family on Florida's Space Coast.

We will be discussing the various scenic wildlife tours, sunset cruises, and launch viewing cruises on pontoon boats.


Episode 91 - Elaine Larsen of Larsen Motorsports.

Join us on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 10 a.m., when we speak with drag racer Elaine Larsen of Larsen Motorsports.

Elaine Larsen has over 20 years of drag racing experience behind the wheel of her jet dragsters. Her motto is Live Fast and Play Hard, and she practices what she preaches. Based in Palm Bay, FL, the headquarters of Larsen Motorsports has embedded itself within the heart of Florida’s Space Coast manufacturing and technology corridor.

We will be on location at Larsen Motorsports with Elaine Larsen discussing her career and being a positive female role model to girls of all ages.


Episode 90 - Heather Lewis, Marketing Director for Ron Jon Surf Shop, and Mitch Varnes, Event Director of the Ron Jon Beach 'N Boards Fest.

Join us on Friday, March 4, 2022, at 10 a.m., when we speak with Heather Lewis, Marketing Director for Ron Jon Surf Shop, and Mitch Varnes, Event Director of the Ron Jon Beach 'N Boards Fest.

Ron Jon Beach ‘N Boards Fest has been the Nation’s premier active lifestyle Spring Break destination since 2013. With almost every type of boarding sport under the sun, Cocoa Beach and the Ron Jon Beach ‘N Boards Fest will be the place to be March 9-13, 2022!

We will be discussing this year's Beach 'N Boards Fest events, including surf competitions, paddleboard races, fishing tournaments, a surf off, skating contests, and more.


Episode 89 - Nina Gadodia and Yasmin Majeed, 2022 Committee Members for Indiafest.

Join us on Friday, February 25, 2022, at 10 a.m., when we speak with Nina Gadodia and Yasmin Majeed, 2022 Committee Members for Indiafest.

Indiafest is a fun family festival sharing the Indian culture in Brevard County, catering to all age groups with hands-on activities for the youth and mouth-watering Indian cuisine for all to enjoy.

We will be discussing the highlights of the festival, including live traditional Indian music, Yoga and Zumba demonstrations, traditional folk, classical, and modern Indian dances, and even a fashion show!


Episode 88 - Ashley Nelsen with NASA's Exploration Ground Systems.

Blast off with us on Friday, February 18, 2022, at 10 a.m., when we speak with Ashley Nelsen with NASA's Exploration Ground Systems.

Exploration Ground Systems at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center develops and operates the systems and facilities necessary to process and launch rockets and spacecrafts during assembly, transport, and launch.

We will be discussing the highlights of the Artemis I Program, NASA's newest program to return astronauts to the moon by 2024. They plan to land the first woman and first person of color on the moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before.


Episode 87 - Cocoa Beach Fish Camp Grill

Join us on Friday, February 11, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we take a visit to Cocoa Beach Fish Camp Grill.

Cocoa Beach Fish Camp Grill is Cocoa Beach's only Fish Camp that features Swamp food with flair!

We will be discussing this funky eatery with a patio and live music whipping up frogs legs, gumbo, BBQ smoked voodoo wings, and jambalaya. It's a Bayou at the Beach!


Episode 86 - Ron Folino of Oceanside Distillery

Join us on Friday, February 4, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we are on-site at Oceanside Distillery in Cocoa Beach.

The story of Oceanside started with two brothers who had a dream of making craft spirits on Florida’s Space Coast using the very best Florida and regionally sourced ingredients, the best oak barrels, and some of the most technically advanced distilling equipment.

We will be discussing the various types of "Fresh from Florida Spirits" distilled right here on the Space Coast and the behind-the-scenes tours offered, where you can hear from industry experts on the distilling process.


Episode 85 - Lina and Jeremy Graves, owners of Romelia Farms.

Join us on Friday, January 28, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we speak with Lina and Jeremy Graves, owners of Romelia Farms in Merritt Island.

Romelia Farms is a 27-acre wildlife preserve and exotic petting farm/zoo with fishing ponds that focus on the education & preservation of the animals.

We will be discussing the petting farm, which is home to various animals like sloths, a kangaroo, ring-tailed lemurs, and camels, to name a few. The farm also offers horseback trail rides, hayrides, pony-style rides for the kids, gem mining, and even a recycle playground.


Episode 84 - Nancy Peltonen President and CEO of the Greater Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

Join us on Friday, January 21, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we speak with Nancy Peltonen, President, and CEO of the Greater Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Greater Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce supports all businesses across all industries in the city. They attract, support, and grow business through advocacy, economic development, and business development.

We will be discussing the first annual Multicultural Festival scheduled for Saturday, January 29, at Fred Poppe Regional Park, hosted by the Greater Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the City of Palm Bay.


Episode 83 Jimmy Lane President and CEO of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce

Join us on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we speak with Jimmy Lane, President, and CEO of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice of business, enhances the quality of life in the community, and acts as a catalyst for business success.

We will be discussing Mr. Lane's plans for activities in the Cocoa Beach area and how he and his family are enjoying their new lifestyle on the Space Coast.


Episode 82 - LIVE from the Brevard Renaissance Fair

Join us on Friday, January 7, 2022, LIVE from the Brevard Renaissance Fair.

Gather one and all for the 7th season of the Brevard Renaissance Fair in the Forest of Wickham Park in Melbourne, Florida.

We will be podcasting live from the Renaissance Fair, which features colorful characters, dancing, and more. With over 100 stage shows daily, varieties of foods and treats, and numerous artisan merchants with handcrafted wares, the Brevard Renaissance Fair invites guests to immerse themselves in a unique experience of History and Fantasy!


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